Tuesday, 6 June 2017

YESTERDAYS HEROES The Spainish call him the FOX..... we know him as ZORRO

Created in 1919 by America Writer John McCulley , his tales of Don Diego De La Vega during the mid 1800's became a hit with the readers old and young.

Setting his stories during the Mexican Rule of California, by day Don Diego was a Californian Nobleman  who showed little regard to the ill treatment of the Spanish overlords and military that controlled the lands, but at night Don Diego donned his disguise and became Zorro or the Fox to fight for the rights of the poor and weak and badly treated people of the land.

Although over the years the character has been updated and changed, he is basically a dashing Masked outlaw who defends those who are oppressed.

He is called Zorro (Spanish for Fox) as he shows cunning and fox like characteristics in his war against the authorities and evil doers.

ZORRO the Hero of the People

His main weapon is his sword which he uses to both defend himself and leave his trade mark Z as this calling card. Also he is a master of the Bull Whip and an expert horseman.

By 1920 he made his debuted on the silver screen in the silent movie "The Mask of Zorro" played by who was at the time the most famous actor Douglas Fairbanks.

Over the years Zorro has stared in many films, had a long running TV series made by Disney in the 1950's, had his own Radio Show and cartoon series.

He may be a no more than a reworking of  Robin Hood, but you could say that BAT-MAN who was publishes nearly 20 years later  was a reworking of Zorro.

But at the end of the day, Young Boys and their Fathers loved the Swash Buckling antics and excitement of Zorro, and the ladies too loved the Dashing Romantic looking Hero in the Black Mask and Hat.


Next time another some what forgotten hero.

Until then ENJOY "

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Yesterdays Heroes, The Ghost who Walks.... meet The Phantom

The fictional  hero called the Phantom is also known as "The Ghost Who Walks" due to the belief he is a person who has lived for over 400 years.

This is a myth as although the Jungle legend has existed for a long time, it is a title and roll that has been passed down from Father to son over a long period.  When the Father retires is  unable to continue as the Ghost Who Walks, his son or sometimes daughter takes up the mantle. Usually retirement means the death of the former Phantom. The hero is a man of great wealth, most of which has been gathered over the years by his forefathers, being it from Pirate Treasure, to mined Gold and  gem stones found in the location of his home.

All the old Phantoms are buried in the catacombs of his home and base of operations  in Skull Cave, thus helping the legend continue.

As the new Phantom dresses and acts like his predecessor, people  believe he is the same person.

First appearing in 1936 as a Newspaper Comic strip he became very popular with young and old alike at the time. Over the years he has appeared in his own comic, Radio Show, Movie Serial, Major Motion Picture and even TV Cartoon. Although this character was never as big as the Big Bad Bat from Gotham City, both heroes have similarities.

The original Phantom of the 1930's was Christopher Walker who was the 21st person to have taken up the mantle as the adventurer. Later his son Kit would inherit the roll as the 22nd Phantom.

Although the Phantom operates out of his Skull Cave in Bangalla  a fictional place in Central Africa, his dentures at times took him all over the Globe.

With no Super Powers accept his two fists and athletic abilities, this mystery man or should I say MEN, only relays on two hand guns. Evil doers usually get marked after being defected by The Phantom by being branded by the hero's Skull Ring.

Next Time another forgotten Hero

Until then     ENJOY !

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

THANKS 37000 Still going Stong after so many years thanks to you guys !

I have doing my strange Dawg Blog since 14th December 2010  and it always amazed me that so many of you come back and enjoy my work.
 What I produce now compared to then is worlds apart. Less Puns and a more uniformed look these days, I still get a lot of enjoyment doing what I do.

Over the last few months finding time to post has been hard, and some of the subjects and their stories have taken a VERY LONG TIME to tell and relate in my "Unique" way.

My Tales of the New Teen Titans began back in August 2015 and although I never plan for the stories to go on and on, by the time you have covered the basic characters and their back grounds that can run into a lot of pictures and new drawing..... and the time just flies by.

Anyway, that's my problem..... so please bare with me.

Whilst I was going my Titans Tales, I missed a few Thank You Posts..... so here is the last one featuring "more" Teen Titans. Sorry I did promise, but its a chance to use some of the pictures I did not get around to posting.

Hopefully I have captured all of the best Bits from the first few years of the Teen Aged Heroes. Most of these characters again I had to tweak and clean up as when I did the originals I made little errors and the lines were not as crisp as I do them now. This a basically a Pre - Crisis (the first DC Crisis I mean ) set of Heroes.  When Bat Girl was Bette Kane and Cyborg was a Titan and not in the "Big" League, When Wonder Woman's Mum was Blond and when Donna Troy just an adopted orphan with no mystical past, when Dick Grayson finally Grew up and got quickly replaced TWICE by two other Robin's, and when Superman still  wore his Knickers over his Tights and Lois Lane hadn't a Scooby Doo he was Clark Kent.  .....and when Heroes that Died STAYED DEAD and didn't get better after a re boot........ The Good Old Days !!!!

All of the Key Characters and some of the now forgotten ones too.

Plus the original Bodies of my "Dawg" Buddy have changed over time.... have a look at my early posts.  I am still proud of them but they do look a bit basic and rough around the edges.

Finding new subjects is difficult. Especially these days where most Super Heroes seem to change their look all them time. Sometime it is good, but I think its more about the artist wanting to "own" the characters and therefore they want to up date them and their look in their unique ways too.

I am more of a classic comic book boy, so I tend to go for the Classic Heroes and the look they are mostly associated with.. If it ain't broke......  as they say!

Remember if you have any ideas of subjects that I could cover, let me know. I am very much enjoying my Yesterdays Heroes theme, and hopefully you will see one of two new faces that you had forgotten all about.

Anyway enjoy this post.

Until Next Time


Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Flash Gordon was first Published as a news paper comic strip adventure in January 1934. His creator Alex Raymond had been asked to produce a space inspired hero that could rival the already established Buck Rogers Adventure strip that had first hit the newsstands in the  August of 1928.

Although many would think that Flash Gordon was the first space adventurer, he owes much to Buck Rogers.  Many other writers at this time were penning fanatical tales of time travel and adventure in what we now call science fiction.

The set up of the character was simple, Alex Gordon better known as Flash to his friends was a Yale University Graduate based in the 1930's. A football hero and all round athlete.  Unlike his "competitor" Buck Rogers who had ended up in the 24th Century, Flash's stories were based in the modern time, but due to most of his adventures being on the Planet Mongo, allowed a mix of Sci Fi with a bit of Medieval Adventure and Aliens thrown in for good cause.
Flash in the style of the comic strip and the Movie Serials

The stories were all basically the same, Flash and his companions Dr Hans Zarkov the brilliant if sometimes mad earth scientist , and Dale Arden the society girl from a rich back ground would end up fighting and rebelling against Ming the Merciless from the wandering  planet Mongo . It would later be claimed Dale was a news reporter by trade. BUT unlike some female characters in books and comics of the time, she was not just used as to help spice up the plot by being kidnapped or needing saving from the bad guys........ However, she did tend to get kidnapped a lot and she was always saved by Flash...... plus she did usually end up wearing some very sexy outfits as a result.

The Ruler of Mongo, Ming would spend most of his time tying to kill Flash and marry Dale.

Flash Gordon stories had it all. Space Battles, Evil Dictators, Beautiful Princess's, Rocket Ships, Robots, Aliens, Ray Guns, Heroes and Villains....... everything that we now expect in a good SciFi story. Sounds a lot like STAR WARS, which used some of the "ideas" of the film serials in its creation. Remember the opening credits and the way one scene fades into the next..... Flash Gordon and crew did it first.
My version of a 1930's inspired Rocket Ship

By 1936 Flash Gordon was now appearing in a weekly cinema serial featuring Buster Crabbe, and these stories cemented the look that we all associate with the Flash Gordon myth.

Although Flash Gordon did feature in a BIG BUDGET cinema film in the 1980's and in various cartoon series in the 1990's, and a short lived live action series in the 2000's... BUT Flash  he will always be remembered for the 1930's Black & Whites film serials by most.
Flash and Dale exploring an Alien planet.

Next Time another hero of Yesterday

Until then     ENJOY !

Sunday, 30 April 2017

A New Topic with Old Heroes ............. YESTERDAYS HEROES ROBIN HOOD

The legend of Robin Hood has been in British Folk Law since the 13th Century. Was he real of was he myth is unclear. Was he a based on any real person or persons ? again nothing can be sure again.

All we know is that for many centuries song and stories have been told of Robin Hood, or Robin of The Hood the famous outlaw who Robbed from the Rich to give to the poor.

A hero of the common people at the time of the "evil" King John, brother of  the imprisoned King Richard the First of England , or Richard the Lion Heart as more commonly known. 1157 - 1199.

Again we know all about King Richard, but their is no real proof that a defender of freedom and the just rose to appose the care taker King John at that time.

BUT that does not take away that many a school boy for years  have read tales of Robin Hood and his Merry Men  dressed in Lincoln Green and living the rebels life in Sherwood Forest.

Hollywood and British Television made the Hero famous with Douglas Fairbanks in the 1920's , Errol Flynn in the late 1930's, Richard Green the British TV hero in the hood in the 1950's and early 1960's    And he had the Best Theme Song too

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men
Feared by the bad, loved by the good
Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood

..... even Sean Connery got to play him as a old man in the 1970's..... and a few years later his son Jason played a younger version again on the Telly in the 1980's

And there are many more versions too even Disney got in on the act too.

A  Man of Myth and Mystery. He could be seen as the First Vigilantly Hero. Many modern day Super Heroes owe a debt to him in some way. Batman, and Robin who was partly named after the medieval hero........ and Not forgetting Green Arrow...... who could have been Robin Hood

Here is my take on Robin Hood

A VERY BRITISH HERO who showed it IS * easy being Green..."

Next Time another Hero from Yesterday.

Until Then ENJOY

Thursday, 27 April 2017

COMING SOON ........

As promised a new group of subjects are ready to get the DAWG Treatment.

Here is a Clue to who and what they may be.

Until Next Time    ENJOY !!!

Saturday, 22 April 2017


Over the last year weeks I have not Blogged as much as I would have wishes.

Family commitments and life seems to be always fighting for my time.

Thank You All for you visits to my Blog and hopefully I can now spend a few more hours each week planning and listing more pictures on my site.

Here is my latest THANK YOU post

The Movie Avengers Assemble

Using the original Movie Avengers I did a few years ago. I have cleaned some of them up and did a few adjustments at the same time.

Until Next Time

Enjoy !

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The New Teen Titans Part Twenty Eight The Final Showdown

Last time I told how Dick Grayson had become Nightwing and he had learnt that Joseph Wilson son of Deathstroke was himself a person with extraordinary abilities.

As the Two "New" Heroes raced off to the secret location where HIVE were holding the Teen Teens, both Dick Grayson aka Nightwing and Joey Wilson aka Jericho had little idea what they would be facing, or what danger Dick's friends were in.

Nightwing was no newbie hero, but Dick was wearing a new costume and was carrying weapons and equipment that he had not truly tested or used in battle. Also he worried if Jericho was skilled enough to undertake the task in hand. There were no guarantees that their rescue attempt would work or would they be too late to save the Titans.

At this time the kidnapped Teen Titans were just about coming around after their capture.  They came face to face with Deathstroke and were made aware of HIVE and their involvement in the whole situation.


Just as the Titans were becoming aware of their situation, many of them were wondering where their teem mate Terra was all apart from Raven who although knew was not in a position to tell her friends.  The wait for   the answer of what had become of the youngest Titan was soon forthcoming as Deathstroke announced that he had had some assistance in capturing the Teen Titans with the help of TERRA herself.

Terra laughed at the Heroes and teased them with what she really thought of them. She even implied that she and Slade were an item and lovers. (the under aged sex was not discussed, but we all knew ) . The Team were then told that their powers were being negated by the machine they all found themselves strapped to, except for Raven who was still partly sedated as her powers being mystical seemed to not be able to be controlled in the same way.


The shock and disbelief was hard for all of them to grasp, more so for Changeling who realised Tara's love for him was fake.

During this event both Nightwing and Jericho had managed to break into the Hive Head Quarters, and had made good progress in getting to where their friends were being held.....but before they managed to free the other Titans, they themselves had also been captured. Terra had spotted them and had used her incredible powers to knock them out.

Terra announced to Slade that she had captured Dick Grayson and brought him bound before the other Titan's. This was the first time they had see Dick dressed as Nightwing.

Following behind was Jericho, who Slade recognised as his son Joseph.  The shock of this  caused Slade to let his guard down, thus allowing  Jericho to make contact with his father and his first action was to take a swipe at Terra. Unaware of why her "Lover" had hit her she retaliated and attacked Deathstroke.

In the confusion the machine holding the Titans was destroyed freeing the team to take on Terra and the Hive.

Terra's temper rises and rises and she starts attacking everyone, Slade tries to convince Terra that he is not in control of his own actions, but as she and the others do not know about Jericho's powers she can only assume that he has also turned on her.

As the battle rages on, each of the Titans tries to calm Terra, but each of them are nearly killed in the process, finally Changeling attacks her in the shape of a Fly in her eye..... The result is that Terra's RAGE finally make her lose control over her powers causing havoc and destruction.


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As her rage grows she finally realises she has lost control of her abilities and in an attempt to reign in her powers realises she needs to sacrifice her own well being.

 From the look on her face at the final moments it is believed she took her own life to help protect the others around her.  It may be a touch of clarity of the situation or just that Tara did not care about her own life anymore. Maybe the rejection she had received from Deathstroke was finally too much for her damaged mind to take.

When Changeling finally found  her body in the wreckage, he cannot help but be saddened by what may have been .
There are no winners in this battle, just losers.

The Teen Titans decide to cover up the real reason for Terra's death to help her Brother Brion aka Geo-Force deal with his loss. She is buried as a Hero. The Titans believe deep down inside she was a good person, but her unhappy personal life had caused her to resent others and lead her down the dark path she had taken.

Wilson Slade is taken into custody it appears willingly, and Joseph Wilson is invited to join the Teen Titans.

Joey Wilson the reluctant hero JERICHO

Tara Markov is buried and is hailed as a Hero.
Tara's Grave and monument.

This brings to the end my tale of the New Teen Titans for now.

Its GOOD BYE from The New Teen Titans

Next Time something NEW

Until then ENJOY !

Sunday, 19 February 2017

The New Teen Titans Part Twenty Seven .... CONTACT meet Jericho !

Last time I told how Dick Grayson had decided that he needed to adopt a new identity in order to help save his friends from Deathstroke and HIVE.

Donning his new costume, which later we found had been made by Alfred, Dick announced to his new partners, Adeline Kane and her son Joseph Wilson that he was now NIGHTWING.

The story continues.

As the words left Dick's mouth it remained open in surprise. Standing in front of him was Joseph Wilson dress also dressed in a colourful costume.
Adeline introduces Jericho

Adeline Kane announced that not only was her son  Joseph  the son of herself and Deathstoke the Terminator, he had special powers too. And he had taken on the name JERICHO

Before Dick aka Nightwing could question them both further on the instruction of his mother, Jericho showed Nightwing what meta human powers he processed...... AND how he could use it !

Dick had noticed that Joseph had unusual looking eyes, and looking directly into them he would learn that these were the source of mute youngsters uncanny powers. As Dick and Joseph looked at one another, their eyes made a connection and..........................

CONTACT, all of a sudden Nightwing became aware that he was no longer in control of his own actions. Jericho had some how merged with him and was now in complete control of the young crime fighters actions. On the command of his mother, Jericho now in control of Dick Grayson's body began punch and  himself. or should I say Nightwing began to hit himself.


After a brief and painful demonstration of his powers, Jericho left Nightwing's body and returned to the side of his mother.

Joseph unable to speak signed to Nightwing he was sorry for how he had shown Dick  how his powers worked. Adeline translated and Nightwing having some knowledge of signing signed back that he forgave Jericho and accepted his apology .

Jericho is apologetic to Nightwing for hurting him.

Dick was informed that Jericho could possess any persons body after making eye contact with them, once doing this Jericho's own  body would turn  insubstantial and he would enter the subject he had targeted. While he is in possession, Jericho has access to all of that host's powers  being that physical, mental, and magical. Once connected Joseph could  also able to tap into his victims  memories. Jericho's victims would still stay conscious and they may continue  express themselves vocally, but they are not be able to control the actions of their bodies,  as this was now directed by Jericho. If the person became unconscious, Jericho could then use their voice to speak, albeit with their accent or any other speech impairments the host had, and only using the words they know and language that they knew. The origin  of  Joseph's  powers was believed to be as a result of Joseph being born after his father had had being experimented on by the US government where Slade Wilson got his own meta human powers. Unlike his brother Grant, who had been conceived prior to this time and therefore did not inherit any meta human genes from his father.

The only problem or problem that Joseph  had was that he needed to make eye contact to make his powers work. If his target wore lenses or had artificial eyes he was unable to make contact.

Unlike both his parents, Joseph Wilson, or Joey to his friends was not a born killer or fighter. He was in reality a peaceful person who hated violence, but despite his pacifistic nature under the tutoring of his mother Joey was a skillful fighter in most forms of hand to hand combat.

Dick knew it was a risk going into battle with anyone who he did not fully trust or understood their abilities, but he had no one else to turn to, so with a little hesitancy he accepted Jericho's assistance in the rescue of the other Titans.

Next Time its Show down at Hive HQ

Until then    ENJOY !

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

The New Teen Titans part Twenty Six ... Richard Grayson, A New Hero is Born of Kryptionian Heritage

Last time we left Dick Grayson coming to terms that not only had the woman he loved along with his closest friends had been kidnapped by the mercenary and assassin  Deathstroke The Terminator. Dick's had had his own life turned upside down by a the ex wife of the said kidnapper breaking into Titans Tower announcing  that she knew his greatest secret. The secret that He was or had been the Hero Robin was known to very few outside the Super Hero Community . The fact that Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke was working for the secret organisation HIVE was also a shock as was the fact that Wilson was only doing this to settle a contract that had originally been undertaken by the now deceased Ravager , Adeline's other son Grant.

Adeline had informed Dick that she had little love for her former husband after his passed cavalier attitude to her or their sons. And was responsible for blinding him many years ago.

Adeline Kane had offered to help him track down and save his friends, and although Dick had tried his best to say that she was mistaken  that he was or had been the Boy Wonder, he knew that he needed her help and would have to put trust in her and with that her silent son Joseph Wilson.

As Dick was no longer Robin, as that mantle had now been passed onto another, he knew he could not risk taking on Deathstroke or his employers as himself. Dick Grayson needed as disguise.

Retiring to his quarters in the Titans Tower, thoughts of what had happened ran through his mind. Was Kory, Donna, Raven, Gar and Victor still alive ? Was Wally safe ?  Did Terra play a part in this ? or was she innocent of deception and betrayal ? Could be depend on asking Batman for assistance ?  Was he now to pre occupied in training Jason Todd, Dick's replacement ? Had Slade Wilson told anyone else of his secret identity ? If so what would happen to Bruce ? Was this the end of the Titans ?

Trying to make sense of what was happening to him.

As these thoughts flooded through his head, he reached under his bed and pulled out a locked trunk. inside was something that may help at least help equip him for the task ahead of him.

Opening the case he gazed inside.
A box full of memories of the past, and memories in the making.

There were many things and memories of his past life. A torn and faded Photograph of his late Parents and him on the day of their Murder, Some of his own Bat-arangs, and weapons he had used in his former life, There was a Press clipping on his debut as The Boy Wonder. There was a letter from Alfred, the closes thing Dick had a a Grandfather. There was a picture of his friend Kal-el and his best Pal Jimmy Olsen during one of their adventures in the Bottled City of Kandor. And two symbols a gift from the same Kal-el, who had inspired him to look to his own future. To become his own Hero.

Along with all these memories of the past, was a strange garment, a colourful costume. Maybe NOT as bright and colourful as his Robin uniform, but A New and unworn Costume more in keeping with the way Dick wished his future to move, A costume that was to be a very big part in Dick's future.   Dick Grayson was no longer Robin the Junior partner of the Dark Knight Batman. He needed a new identity, he needed to make a name for him self, and that name would be inspired from a Kryptonian legend, told to him by Superman himself, that itself had been inspired from his mentor Batman and his own as Robin escapades. Something old, something new, something borrowed and something BLUE. . This was something that he had not even shared with his beloved Kory.

Where his Robin identity had been inspired by the Legend of Robin Hood, and his look a nod to his Circus Acrobatic Uniform, the idea and concept of the Boy Wonder had been Batman's.

Nightwing borrowed on the Look of the Batman, without the fussy Cape and Cowl. The Name was a nod to the Kryptionian Kandor Hero Nightwing, a Nome Du plume adopted by Superman on visits to the Bottled City.  ( For the history behind Nightwing & Flamebird see my previous posts about Kandor, Superman and Braniac.)

Nightwing and his inspiration

No more Red, Green and and a Gold Coloured Cape. No more pixie boots and bare legs. It was now Mix of Dark and Light Blue and a flash of yellow. Dick Grayson was no longer a boy wonder, he was now a man on a mission.
Dick Grayson a New Hero born from the legend of his own past.

Putting on the costume, Dick returned to the control room at the Tower and announced himself as NIGHTWING.


However, This shock announcement was soon forgotten as yet another new Hero entered the fold.

Next Time we meet that new hero and the New Nightwing makes CONTACT with him !

Until then ENJOY !